/ 01 September 2021

Bali bombing suspects have their first day in court


Eighteen years after they were detained by the US over their alleged roles in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings and other acts of terrorism, 3 men are on trial in Guant­anamo Bay prison on charges of terrorism, murder and conspiracy. Indonesian Encep ‘Hambali’ Nurjaman – the man labelled ‘Osama of Southeast Asia’ – is the main figure as the operational mastermind of Jemaah Islamiah, the Islamist terrorist outfit aligned with al-Qaeda. He and 2 Malaysian colleagues were captured in 2003, sent to CIA ‘black sites’ for 3 years, and then transferred to Gitmo. After all that time, the men were charged during the last days of the Trump administration. To recap: the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. It’s a complicated case that some say will take years to resolve.

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